Cloud Services from Blaze
Supporting the move by many customers to cloud-based infrastructure and cloud services, Blaze supplies a broad range of cloud computing offerings. Many of these are underpinned by our own Blaze Private Core Network. Cloud computing increases efficiency, flexibility, reliability, and helps improve cash flow as well as many other benefits detailed below.
Blaze Networks assists with cloud computing in a number of ways. Firstly, for a company who wishes to move workload off its own on-premise servers onto a hosted cloud-based infrastructure we offer Blaze Cloud.
Many organisations will, however, choose to use AZURE, AWS, or Equinix for their cloud hosting or colocation services. Blaze has therefore established direct (and resilient) network links to each of these leading environments (avoiding passing any network traffic over the public internet). We provide the flexibility to include any combination of these environments in your own Private SD-WAN, thereby ensuring a very high level of security across your network as well as delivering operational flexibility.
Alongside these cloud hosting approaches; most organisations will also use Software as a Service (SaaS) applications in the Cloud. The most common of these is Microsoft 365 Business (previously known as Office 365). Again, Blaze is able to provide you with Microsoft 365 Business licences to cover your licencing for Office application suite, Exchange Online, SharePoint, Teams licences and more – and the appropriate network connections.
The range of cloud-based services provided by Blaze Networks includes the following:
Cloud’s Advantages over On-Premises
If you’re using cloud based software, you can use the internet to access that system whenever and wherever you are. You just need an internet connection and the ability to log into the system via a web browser. You can be on a desktop computer, phone, or PC. You can be at the office, home, or at the airport. It doesn’t matter, as long as you’ve got WiFi.
Using Cloud services enables you to easily scale the IT resources you use to changes in the workload – this is particularly useful for dealing with unexpected spikes in demand or high-growth environments. Resources can be changed in a matter of minutes and can be flexed up and down based on demand for your business. This level of agility can give businesses a real advantage over competitors and is one of the top drivers for cloud adoption.
As a business, with cloud computing, you’re responsible for maintaining whatever applications you run on the 3rd party servers (Azure, AWS, EQUINIX, etc). The hosting company maintains the physical servers and operating system reducing the overhead of managing your business’ computing infrastructure, as well as saving on capital expenditure, power and cooling costs.
Professionally managed Cloud services (as with Azure, AWS, and EQUINIX, and Blaze) are hosted in Enterprise-grade data centres. These are highly protected environments, with very high levels of physical and cyber security.
For example, with Azure, Blaze and Microsoft utilise intrusion detection, denial-of-service (DDOS) attack prevention, regular penetration testing and data analytics in the datacentres to help mitigate threats to the Azure platform. The centres themselves are protected against the full range of risks ranging from physical intrusion, fire, network cable cutting, power problems, and environmental (cooling breakdown), amongst many others. Few businesses choose to invest in maintaining similar on-premises environments for their IT resources.
From a security certification and compliance perspective, Blaze Networks and Microsoft are also PCI DSS compliant and adhere to strict security procedures. Microsoft Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider including ISO, HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOC and many others.
Disaster recovery is important for all business sizes. Unfortunately appropriate solutions can be cost prohibitive particularly for small to medium size businesses. By utilising Cloud services, all businesses can benefit from leading levels of redundancy without the large capital expenditure.
For example, Microsoft 365 maintains copies of your data on multiple disks and multiple servers – as well as over multiple geographically dispersed datacentres to make sure the service remains online regardless of disk, server or even entire datacentre regions being offline. Microsoft has invested $15 Billion in a global datacentre infrastructure used for Azure, Office 365 and other services. Blaze’s Hosted Server Infrastructure utilises the same levels of redundancy and utilising Azure for datacentre failover. Coupled with our expertise in networks, you can be sure Blaze can provide the cloud solution for you.
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In doing so, Blaze have access to a vast array of products that allow us to overcome our customers’ business challenges and requirements.
Blaze is a Microsoft Solutions Partner and Tier 1 Microsoft CSP Partner. We specialise in Microsoft 365 (including Teams and Teams Phone System), in Microsoft On-Premise and Hosted / Cloud Infrastructure (including Azure), and enable businesses to continue their digital evolution by fully exploiting the latest capabilities of Microsoft products as they evolve.
As a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Modern Work, Blaze has demonstrated a broad capability to help customers boost productivity and make the shift to hybrid work using Microsoft 365.
Blaze is an Expert Partner of Fortinet, a global industry leader in the supply of secure networking infrastructure systems. Fortinet are our technology partner of choice when building customer-specific Private SD-WANs, and Blaze is one of only a handful of Fortinet SD-WAN Specialization Partners in the UK and a Fortinet top-level Expert Partner. Blaze is also a Fortinet-accredited Managed Secure Solutions Provider (MSSP) and Integrator Fortinet partner. A Leader in several of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, the Fortinet platform combines excellent performance with advanced security features, superb manageability, and excellent Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps.
Veeam is a highly respected leader in cloud-based backup and recovery software, data protection and advanced monitoring in the data centre.
Blaze is a Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Silver Partner and we have combined Veeam technology with our highly secure Blaze Cloud™ infrastructure to produce BlazeVault™, a highly dependable, secure, and resource-efficient solution which will keep downtime to an absolute minimum in the event of data loss in operational systems or ransomware attack.
Blaze is a Bitdefender Gold MSP Partner. Bitdefender is a global cybersecurity leader protecting over 500 million systems through OEM technology partnerships, including with many global IT companies. Tests show it is unmatched in Attack Prevention. Based on Bitdefender technology, Blaze Endpoint Protection hardens endpoints to prevent malware and malicious attacks, and it provides the investigation and remediation capabilities needed to dynamically respond to security incidents when they evade protection controls. Blaze Managed EDR keeps your organisation safe with 24×7 security monitoring, advanced attack prevention, detection and remediation.
Cisco has long been the world’s pre-eminent network systems vendor, particularly for technology used at the core of major corporate networks and the internet. In addition to using Cisco equipment within our customers’ private networks, Blaze incorporates Cisco technology into the heart of our own network operations; the Blaze Private Core Network is built utilising Enterprise-class CISCO core routing equipment.